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Family-friendly things to do at Paycocke's

A bedroom at Paycocke's House and Garden, Colchester, Essex
A bedroom at Paycocke's House and Garden | © National Trust Images/David Levenson

Paycocke's is a a great place to bring the family. There is the stunning Tudor merchant's house to explore and discover its fascinating history, the gardens to wander around and then the cafe to enjoy some well-earned refreshment. You can extend your visit with a short walk to Grange Barn, as well as exploring the village of Coggeshall en route.

We also have a range of family-friendly activities. This year, they are themed around the 1920's, to celebrate 100 years since Paycocke's was gifted to the National Trust.

In the Solar

We have a range of original old books and games for hands-on fun. Have a go at Bagatelle, Shove Ha'penny, Snakes and Ladders, and Bar Skittles; help to build a jigsaw; get down on the rug with the toys; and read the books. You can also play with an old telephone.

Relaxed family visit days

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday during school holidays, the house will be open without guided tours, for families to visit in a relaxed manner. There will be activities around the house to encourage exploration and stimulate young minds. (NB entry fees apply / free for NT members.)

Summer of Play

All through the school summer holidays the end of the garden will be set up for active play with all sorts of engaging games and activities for all the family. Free of charge.